Saturday June 4th saw the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship hold their second event of the year when they travelled to Newport, Wales for CWFC 76. The event was streamed live on UFC Fight Pass and also aired across Scandinavia, Africa, the UK and Ireland via CWFC’s international broadcast partners.
In the main event Jack Marshman (19-5) claimed his fifth consecutive win as he submitted Ali Arish (21-5) in the first round of their middleweight match-up. As Marshman successfully defended his takedown attempts, Arish began to use his hands landing a series of left hooks as he teased the Welshman by moving quickly in and out of range.
The game of cat-and-mouse continued with Marshman trying to press the action and trade before Arish began to vary his attack with a one-two combination followed by a single-leg takedown. This left Marshman on his back by the fence as Arish attempted a guillotine choke, however as the Manchester based Iranian looked to improve his position the Welshman was able to slip out and apply the same choke on Arish.
Although Arish did not appear to be in any danger, he slapped the Welshman’s legs with his open palm as he lay in Marshman’s half guard and referee Peter Lavery signalled the end of the bout. The Manchester based fighter immediately protested the stoppage but the crowd roared with delight as the replay showed the tap once again on the big screen. Although this intriguing bout may have had an unsatisfactory finish, Marshman left Newport with his third win under the CWFC banner and will surely be in pole position for a CWFC title shot.
In the night’s co-main event, the two-time UFC veteran Andreas “Real Steel” Stahl (10-2) disappointed the Welsh fans as he ended Lew Long‘s (12-4) five fight win streak. After controlling a cautious opening stanza the Swedish fighter moved up a gear halfway through the second round as he landed a head kick before connecting with a series of punches and knees which hurt his opponent. Although a fight back towards the end of the round raised Long’s spirits his momentum was stalled with a series of punches and knees from Stahl which sent the Welshman to the canvas and forced the stoppage 31 seconds into the final frame.
Other action saw the Bristol based featherweight Nad Narimani (9-2) score his third CWFC win (all by submission) as he forced Daniel Requeijo (7-4) to tap-out in the third round of a feisty and competitive encounter. Narimani’s recent inactivity showed early on as he found himself tagged by counter punches early in the fight. But he soon found his rhythm and as the fight progressed he landed the heavier shots. The end came a minute into the final round as Narmiani delivered an overhand right and after a short break for an accidental low blow, he pounced once again rocking the Spaniard with a big left and a knee which sent him back to the fence and left him prone for a standing guillotine.
Other action on the main card saw the 2015 IMMAF European Open winner Jack “Tank” Shore (2-0) impress in his professional CWFC debut against the Frenchman David-Tonatiuh Crol (2-1). The 21 year old Welshman lived-up to the hype, hurting Crol with a vicious elbow before taking his back and getting the submission inside the four-minute mark. While the opening bout on the main card saw Sam Creasey (6-0) maintain his unbeaten record as he subjected Kris Edwards (8-9) to his sixth consecutive loss in what was a cautious but intriguing bantamweight counter.
Results of the seven bout professional card can be found below.
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CWFC 76: Results
Newport Centre, Newport, Wales
Saturday 4th June 2016
Jack Marshman defeated Ali Arish via submission (guillotine choke) after 3:25 of round 1
Andreas Stahl defeated. Lewis Long via TKO (punches) after 0:31 of round 3
Nad Narimani defeated Daniel Requeijo via submission (standing guillotine choke) after 1:21 of round 3
Jack Shore defeated David-Tonatiuh Crol via submission (rear-naked choke) after 3:46 of round 1
Sam Creasey defeated Kris Edwards via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Josh Reed defeated Ben Rees via TKO (punches) after 1:17 of round 2
Ross Houston defeated Dane Morgan via submission (armbar) after 4:55 of round 1